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Kano Pillars Coach Lionel, Blames 3-1 Defeat  On Poor Officiating



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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji.

Kano Pillars gaffer Lionel Emmanuel Soccia has accused poor officiating for the  3-1 defeat suffered by his lads  in their last weekend CAFCC campaign against ASC Jaraaf of Senegal.

The French man reacting to the defeat inflicted on his  tutored Kano  side , who   surrendered an early 1-0 lead to fall 3-1 to their host at  Estade Demba Diop, in Dakar cited poor officiating as he bane of the defeat.

Lionel alleged that the centre referee( name  withheld) made calls that were questionable, fingering out the award of the second goal against his side as a devastating call the ruined the moral of his men.

He praised his side for what he said was an organized display and gallantry, noting that the game in the second half cold have in favor of either side.

He revealed that the team would stage a come back next weekend , when Jaraaf come calling in Nigeria,  to honour schedule  return leg enconter.

Lionel said his objective is to advance Kano Pillars to the next stage of the tourney, he express confidence that the team will advance to the next stage .

The coach further  averred that his side would apply a comprehensive attacking tactics to dislodge the Senegalese and deliver the  two goals superiority required  to advance Kano Pillars  to the next stage.




SWAN President Storms Cote d’ivoire, To Parley Sports Writers Covering AFCON 



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The President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr. Isaiah  Benjamin, on Wednesday January 17, 2024 arrived Abidjan, capital of Cote d’ivoire as hostilities continue in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Mr. Isaiah who touched down Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan shortly after noon had departed Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja earlier same day, aboard Cotevoir airline.

A press statement by the SWAN Secretary-General, Amb. Ikenna Okonkwo, confirmed that President Isaiah will among other things parley all Nigerian Sports Journalists covering AFCON in a bid to interface and find ways of ameliorating the challenges of his colleagues away from their country.

“First of all, I want to thank God Almighty for granting me and others on board safety to Abidjan. I have successfully settled down, ready for next line of actions, all geared towards finding ways to assist our colleagues do their work in a more conducive atmosphere.

“As a leadership, we are committed to ensuring that Sports Writers carry out their professional and constitutional duties without hitches,” the SWAN President said.

The number one Sports Writer in Nigeria then acknowledged the spirited efforts of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Sports Development, under the hardworking leadership of Senator John Owan Enoh as Minister in ensuring that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu approved backlog owed Super Eagles and other national team coaches as well as players’ allowances.

He also thumped up the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) under Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau as President for the vital role of giving Super Eagles necessary preparatory and participatory atmosphere suitable to thrive.

While expressing optimism that the country’s senior national team will surmount any challenge to pull through the group stage of the competition, enjoined Nigerians to continuously support them, always.

“On our part as sporting media, we will continue to give the team maximum support by ensuring fair report of their matches and other activities partnering their participation at the 2023 AFCON,” he said.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are scheduled to face Cote d’ivoire’s Elephants on Thursday in their second Group A duel inside Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe.


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National Para Games 2023: Kano team, Press crew yet to receive allowances



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Kano State Athletics team and the media crew are in a detariorated situation due to the paucity of funds , yet to be released by the state government officials in the ongoing second edition of the National Para Games 2023 in Abuja.

It was exclusively revealed that, the government has not recognized any efforts for the Para Athletics team.

Up to now, there is no reason for the unnecessary financial support from the Kano State Government.

Because of this, Kano may miss out on the remaining days, which would not only discourage them but also have a negative impact on their overall development as athletes.

One of the players, urged the Kano government to intervene and provide the necessary funds to continue the participation of Kano State Para athletes in the Para Games.

In line with this, the Kano Athletics team appealed to the state government to allocate funds considering the vital role of the Kano crew, especially recognition, and success entirely of Kano State.


Another source Exclusively informed NIGERIAN TRACKER that since Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf approved the release of the funds ,the file was missing.

Since the begining of the game its the coaches that are buying foods for the athletes from their own pockets which is lessening the moral of the athletes throughout the games.

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Goals Galore and Accolades as Kano Athletes Shine in PARA Games



By Aminu Halilu Tudun Wada

Just days after their arrival, Kano state athletes took center stage at the ongoing 2022 National Para Games in Abuja. Despite pending funds from the state government, these athletes displayed exceptional prowess, securing gold, bronze, and exceeding expectations in various events.

The ancient commercial hub of West Africa registered for 12 out of the 15 sporting events, including Para Soccer, Para Shooting, Para Taekwondo, Para Karate, and Para Powerlifting, among others. The spirited Kano team excelled in several competitions, showcasing their skills and determination.
In Amputee Football, the state team triumphed over Plateau by a scoreline of 5-1. The Volleyball team continued the winning streak, defeating Kaduna with a 3-1 set win.

Para Soccer witnessed an outstanding performance by the Kano team, dominating Team Sokoto with a resounding 13-1 victory and overpowering Lagos by a scoreline of 5-1. The team further demonstrated their prowess in Amputee Soccer, securing victories against Sokoto (5-1) and Kaduna (4-0), and a 2-1 win against Lagos. This remarkable performance earned them a spot in the final against Kwara Team on December 12, 2023.

Abel Peter, representing Team Kano, clinched a bronze medal in the 50-meter breaststroke men’s class and experienced their first defeat in sitting Volleyball, narrowly losing 3-1 to Team Bauchi.

Adeleke Abejoye Odunaya created a historic moment by securing the first gold medal for the state in Swimming through the 50-meter freestyle event.

As the tournament progresses, Team Kano aims to maintain its strong presence in other events, competing against Plateau in Para Soccer, Para Shooting, Para Canoeing, Wheelchair Tennis (Male Double/Female Double), Para Taekwondo, and more. The team remains focused on achieving further success and glory.

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